From the benefits of ginger tea to 9 healthy variations and easy recipes, check out our ginger tea guide to know all about this infused beverage!
Hey there! Back when I lived in a city with somewhat cold temperatures all year round, I began falling sick way too frequently. A stuffy nose and a sore throat were almost a part of my everyday look. And one thing I always remember turning to was a mixture of ginger, honey and water. Although I despised it’s taste, the warmth and spiciness of it always gave me instant relief. Ayurveda also considers ginger as one of the most powerful ingredients and it is believed to cure all sorts of ailments out there.
So let’s take a look at some ginger root health benefits and easy DIY recipes!
Ginger Tea Benefits
From fighting a cold to helping you sleep better, read all about ginger tea health benefits below!
Ginger Tea for Cold
Ginger root contains gingerol and shagelol, which help to fight viruses that cause colds as well as prevent them. Have ginger tea along with some honey and crushed peppercorns for immediate results. You could have this sweet and spicy organic ginger tea for flu as well.
Ginger Tea for Sore Throat
To help with a sore throat, try some turmeric ginger tea. It works like magic! You could also add in some cardamom or cloves to make spiced ginger tea to soothe the throat instantly.
Ginger for Nausea
Ginger ale and ginger root tea are both great remedies for nauseousness and motion sickness. Chewing on raw ginger helps with this too. I’ve personally done this plenty of times and it works every time.
Ginger for Upset Stomach
In case of a stomach upset, drink a glass of lemon ginger tea. Or just mix some ground ginger powder in a glass of water and it should get your stomach back on track.
Ginger Tea Before Bed
Having ginger tea before bed is said to be very beneficial to our bodies. I’ve never tried this myself but I’ve heard a lot about it and Shilpa recommends it too, especially for winters or when you have a cold. From absorbing nutrients to improving digestion and helping you sleep better, there’s no reason to not have ginger tea at night.
Ginger for Weight Loss
Drinking ginger tea alone isn’t gonna help in weight reduction but maintaining a diet while consuming fresh ginger beverages will give you results. Try lemongrass ginger tea and ginger green tea if you’re trying to stay fit.
Ginger Tea for Detox
Ginger tea has warming properties and helps you sweat, which is said to be beneficial in cleansing the skin of toxins and keep our metabolism running properly. I went through a phase where I’d drink a glass of lemon and ginger water almost every morning as soon as I woke up. And I can’t say that it’s detoxifying or anything but it sure was refreshing and a perfect morning drink.
Homemade Ginger Tea Recipes: 9 Fresh Ginger Tea Variations
Making ginger tea at home is as simple as it gets. Here are the 9 perfect variations to fall in love again and again with this super beneficial health drink.
Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
The warmth of ginger, the antioxidant properties of lemon juice and the sweetness of honey, all combined into one delicious, nutritious beverage! This ginger drink is a great remedy for blocked noses and sore throats.
Just place a saucepan containing 2 cups of water on a stove, bring to a boil, add 1/2 tsp of freshly chopped ginger. You could add more if you prefer strongly flavored teas. Simmer for anywhere between 5-15 minutes, depending on how strong you want your ginger honey tea. Then add a squeeze of lemon, a bit of honey and you’re done!
Ginger Peach Tea
Due it’s warmness and spiciness, ginger can be a little overpowering on it’s own. So here’s how to make this healthy drink so sweet and delicious, you’ll always be reaching for it! Just follow the same recipe as above but instead of the lemon and honey, use peach nectar. Just like ginger root, peach nectar has many benefits too. They’re good sources of minerals and vitamins such as A, B1, B2 and C. Have this ginger drink iced or hot.
Turmeric Ginger Tea
Wanna have glowing skin and a strong immunity system? Start by drinking a glass of this hot ginger drink. And it’s super simple to make! Just bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add in 1/2 tsp chopped fresh ginger and 1/2 tsp ground turmeric. Now reduce the heat, let it simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy your healthy drink. Apart from giving you healthy skin and boosting your immune system, better digestion and fighting infections are some other ginger turmeric tea benefits.
Ginger Green Tea
With a complex flavor, this drink has both the benefits of ginger root as well as green tea. And here’s how you can make it! Simply steep green tea bags and some fresh ginger in water for as long as you prefer. You could also add some honey to sweeten it up if you want.
Tulsi and Ginger Tea
Halfway though a long and tiring day and you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up? Put away your coffee and try this refreshing and revitalizing ginger drink. Basil or tulsi is great for stress relief. Boil a couple of these leaves along with ginger in water for an aromatic, energizing mid day drink.
Ginger Cinnamon Tea
I’m a total cinnamon lover and add it to anything and everything I can, from desserts to my daily morning green tea. Even the tiniest amount of cinnamon can do a lot of good to your body. It’s a high source of antioxidants, fights infections and improves dental and heart health. When boiling the ginger in water, add a stick or two of cinnamon.
Lemongrass Ginger Tea
Lemongrass contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and is a great drink for anyone that’s on a weight loss diet. Boil the lemongrass along with ginger in water. But just make sure to make a few vertical cuts on the lemongrass before putting it into the water. This will release all its oils and beneficial nutrients.
Apple Ginger Tea
Add a fruity touch to your hot ginger teas by adding slices of your favorite apple variety and ginger to water and steeping them for a couple of minutes. You could also add some cinnamon to this ginger tea recipe for a spicy kick.
Ginger Mint Tea
Ginger root tea served with a couple of fresh mint leaves and a wedge of lime is great for digestion and is the perfect beverage to start your day with. Ginger and mint tea also contains probiotic and antibacterial properties.
Does Ginger Tea Have Caffeine?
No, not at all. Herbal ginger tea is completely caffeine-free as it is made from ginger root. However, if you’re buying it at a store, make sure to check the label as it may be a caffeinated blend.
Ginger Tea Side Effects
Too much of anything is never good and that’s the case with ginger tea as well. Make sure to limit yourself to no more than three glasses per week. Drinking ginger tea on a daily basis may induce heartburn and stomach upsets, so consume it only in limited quantities or a couple of times a week.
So that was our guide to hot ginger drinks, it’s variations, and some ginger root health benefits. Which of these easy homemade ginger tea recipes will you be trying out? Tell us by tweeting @shipa1ahuja!